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Old 21-05-2012, 12:13   #1
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Broken hearted - Can't sail

Had an automobile accident and lacerated my spleen. Doctor's have told me not to sail for 3 months or more because if I bang or pull and reopen the injury I could bleed out before I even got to shore.

I had just readied the boat for summer and installed a new water system and had a planned Delmarva circumnavigation in the works for June. Why didn't this happen in the dead of winter?

Bleck.
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Old 21-05-2012, 12:15   #2
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Re: Broken hearted - Can't sail

It sux, no doubt, but all things considered...... you are alive to type! Heal up fast!
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Old 21-05-2012, 12:29   #3
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keep your chin up.
posting on cf will at least allow you to convalese amongst other sailors,a bit like being at a cruiser beach party,put the jimmy buffet on and close your eyes.
get well soon
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Old 21-05-2012, 12:29   #4
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Re: Broken hearted - Can't sail

Just Take your time !! Never take chances with your health, the healing time is important!! Just remember how great it's gonna feel to go sailing when ya are all healed up !! Broke a hip in a car wreck once and the time away from sailin almost made me start takin depression drugs LOL, but I finaly healed and so will you !! Keep good thoughts going on and the time will go by faster then ya think !! Also it makes for a good time to do some more things to the boat at the dock !! Hang In we feel for ya !!!
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Old 21-05-2012, 13:40   #5
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Re: Broken hearted - Can't sail

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Had an automobile accident and lacerated my spleen. Doctor's have told me not to sail for 3 months or more because if I bang or pull and reopen the injury I could bleed out before I even got to shore.

I had just readied the boat for summer and installed a new water system and had a planned Delmarva circumnavigation in the works for June. Why didn't this happen in the dead of winter?

Bleck.
That last sentence should be on the ultimate sailors tee-shirt.
To take a spleen laceration in the winter, so that you wouldn't miss a sail, has got to been the most devout sailor's lament
My hat is off to you sir!!
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Old 21-05-2012, 14:06   #6
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Re: Broken hearted - Can't sail

Sorry to hear about your accident. Hang out at the marina and enjoy just relaxing on your boat. Make up a sailing story about how you were injured saving the boat in the storm of the century, fighting off pirates, fending off powerboaters, etc. Good luck with a speedy recovery.
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Old 21-05-2012, 14:17   #7
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Re: Broken hearted - Can't sail

Listen,,, this might not be the right time,,BUT, boats need to be sailed. i volunteer to take yours out to keep it in shape.

On another note, best of luck, i remember when I had my first motorcycle accident. Broke left leg, left arm, left collar bone all the first week of summer. i sat at our cottage watching my sisters water ski and swim everyday while i sat inside. Will teach me not to do 90 in a 55. I was 19 at the time. Know how you feel.
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ok....consider it penance for car ownership--get well soon and then sail--3 months is a lot less than forever or dead.
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Listen,,, this might not be the right time,,BUT, boats need to be sailed. i volunteer to take yours out to keep it in shape.

On another note, best of luck, i remember when I had my first motorcycle accident. Broke left leg, left arm, left collar bone all the first week of summer. i sat at our cottage watching my sisters water ski and swim everyday while i sat inside. Will teach me not to do 90 in a 55. I was 19 at the time. Know how you feel.
'First' ?! Didn't you learn after the first?
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Old 21-05-2012, 14:26   #10
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dang--i KNEW it was penance....ye will live....make sure ye learn from your penance this time. be safe---recover well and smooth sailing.

btw--DONT DO IT AGAIN!!!!
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Old 21-05-2012, 14:33   #11
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Hi - I am SO with you. Much less dramatically, I dislocated a finger really badly in February. It's now May and I can't grip a rope. Which makes short handed sailing a non-no as it's dangerous. So no cruising for us this summer either.

Doctors say it will be August before I might be able to grip a rope, and possibly Xmas. And it could be 'three to four years' before it stops hurting. All from one tidily trip over a door jamb.

So lots of commiserations and sympathy and find an exciting alternative for this year. (Ours is a long trip elsewhere but we're still finalising the details.)
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Re: Broken hearted - Can't sail

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Doctor's have told me not to sail for 3 months or more because if I bang or pull and reopen the injury I could bleed out before I even got to shore.
Some times the doctors are right. Recoup, regroup, and make ready for another day. Just pretend we are having an unusually long stretch of poor weather. You wouldn't leave if the weather was bad. In your case it clearly isn't good enough yet. You still might make early September after that it may have to be next year and you just sail down the bay and back instead.
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That last sentence should be on the ultimate sailors tee-shirt.
To take a spleen laceration in the winter, so that you wouldn't miss a sail, has got to been the most devout sailor's lament
My hat is off to you sir!!
Blue Stocking, that is exactly what I was thinking!Damn fine sailor, ye are.

Now listen to those scalawags doctors and especially listen to your nurses, you Do Not want to prolong this. Keep eye out for complications/ infections, lots of fluids( to keep those pipes running smooth) and no sneaking the boat out.
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Roaring Girl ~ hang in there!
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'First' ?! Didn't you learn after the first?
i was young, dumb, and full of I know everything (what did you thing I would say),,had 2 more after the first one,( right arm muscles), (right leg) plus went through a windshield in a car, plus fell off a roof. Starting to feel it as i am hitting 47 this year. i can tell when it is going to rain. When I was 18 my parents took out a 1/2 million dollar life insurance policy on me. When I hit 25 they canceled it. They figured after all that I would be around for some time.

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